Posted by: Bay Presbyterian Church | April 29, 2020

Cutting the Covenant

Cutting the Covenant 

Genesis 15: 1-18 

Rev. John Anderson 

Bay Presbyterian Church 

  • Introduction: Boys are disgusting! 
  • They spit on their hands. 
  • They make blood oaths. 
  • I. The Back Story 
  • a. Three pieces of the back story 
    • 1. God is Sovereign. He is the Plan-Maker and His will cannot be overturned. Acts 2: 23 
    • 2. Abram has just spearheaded a daring and audacious raid to recover his kidnapped nephew, Lot. 
    • 3. God’s call and Promise 
      • a. There was not spitting or blood letting on the hand. 
      • b. Abram had only the vaguest of a surreal “promise.” 
  • II. A Reality Check 
    • a. Abram didn’t know what lay around the next corner. 
    • b. He picked up a family, likely with a boy – in Damascus on his trip to Canaan. The boy’s name was Eliezar. 
  • III. A Clarification of Intent 
    • a. An object lesson 
      • i. Count the stars. 
      • ii. The object lesson would take a lifetime to accomplish. 
      • iii. The object lesson is that your help is always up. Keep looking up! (Psalm 121: 1,2) 
      • iv. Abraham believed God. 
        • 1. The word believe is from the same root word as the word “Amen.” 
  • IV. A Plea for Surety 
    • a. Unbelief comes readily, whereas faith fears disappointment and tends to hesitate. 
    • b. “I believe, help my unbelief.” 
  • V. An Odd Ceremony 
    • a. Cut animals and dead birds 
    • b. On that day, God made a Covenant . . . in blood . . .with Abram affirming a promise. A cutting of the hands, as it were. 
  • VI. Take Away 
    • a. Keep looking up. 
    • b. God’s Delays are not denials 
    • c. A Peculiar Ceremony 
    • d. Abraham could do nothing to aid the fulfillment of the promise.
Posted by: Bay Presbyterian Church | April 17, 2020

Apprehending the Bonita Bandit

Apprehending the Bonita Bandit

Luke 12:15

Rev. William Spink, Jr.

Bay Presbyterian Church

April 19, 2020

Introduction

            The presence of a threat

  1.  A Profile of the Bonita Bandit
    1. The fatal flaw of Adam and Eve (Genesis 2-3)
    1. The Big mistake of the children of Israel (Exodus 20)
    1. The message of the story of Achan (Joshua 7)
  1. A Biblical illustration of the Bonita Bandit (Psalm 73)
    1. Grounded in sound theology (verse 1)
    1. Drowning in the Poison of covetousness (verses 2-15)
  1. Examining the Disease
    1. Identifying it
    1. Understanding its danger
      1. Failure to love God
      1. Failure to love others
    1. Diagnosis – far more serious than expected
  1. Hope in the “Face of Danger”
    1. Paul’s testimony (Romans 7)
    1. Asaph’s recovery (Psalm 73:17-28)

Application

            A weakness in the church

            The glory of the gospel

Conclusion

            Paul’s loving warning (I Timothy 6)

            God’s amazing grace

Apprehending the Bonita Bandit Scriptures

Rev. William Spink, Jr.

April 19, 2020

Luke 12:15

15 And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”

Jeremiah 2:13

13 For my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water.

Exodus 20: 17

17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.”

Joshua 7: 20-21

20 And Achan answered Joshua, “Truly I have sinned against the LORD God of Israel, and this is what I did: 21 when I saw among the spoil a beautiful cloak from Shinar, and 200 shekels of silver, and a bar of gold weighing 50 shekels, then I coveted them and took them. And see, they are hidden in the earth inside my tent, with the silver underneath.”

Psalm 73: 1

1 Truly God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart.

Psalm 73: 2-3

2 But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled, my steps had nearly slipped.  3 For I was envious of the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

Psalm 73: 4-12

4 For they have no pangs until death; their bodies are fat and sleek.  5 They are not in trouble as others are; they are not stricken like the rest of mankind.  6 Therefore pride is their necklace; violence covers them as a garment.  7 Their eyes swell out through fatness; their hearts overflow with follies.  8 They scoff and speak with malice; loftily they threaten oppression.  9 They set their mouths against the heavens, and their tongue struts through the earth.  10 Therefore his people turn back to them, and find no fault in them.  11 And they say, “How can God know?  Is there knowledge in the Most High?”  12 Behold, these are the wicked; always at ease, they increase in riches.

Psalm 73: 13-15

13 All in vain have I kept my heart clean and washed my hands in innocence.  14 For all the day long I have been stricken and rebuked every morning.  15 If I had said, “I will speak thus,” I would have betrayed the generation of your children.

Luke 12: 15

15 And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”

Romans 7: 7b-8a

7 If it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. For I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.”  8 But sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of covetousness.

Romans 7: 24-25a

24 Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?  25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!

Psalm 73: 16-17

16 But when I thought how to understand this, it seemed to me a wearisome task, 17 until I went into the sanctuary of God; then I discerned their end.

Psalm 73: 21-22

21 When my soul was embittered, when I was pricked in heart, 22 I was brutish and ignorant; I was like a beast toward you.

Psalm 73: 23-28

23 Nevertheless, I am continually with you; you hold my right hand.  24 You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory.  25 Whom have I in heaven but you?  And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.  26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.  27 For behold, those who are far from you shall perish; you put an end to everyone who is unfaithful to you.  28 But for me it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord GOD my refuge, that I may tell of all your works.

1 Timothy 6: 6-10

6 But godliness with contentment is great gain, 7 for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world.  8 But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.  9 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.  10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.

1 Timothy 6: 17-19

17 As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.  18 They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, 19 thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.

Posted by: Bay Presbyterian Church | April 11, 2020

Easter 2020

Easter 2020

Mark 6: 1-8

Rev. John Anderson

Bay Presbyterian Church

April 12, 2020

Introduction:      For the want of a nail . . . Ben Franklin

                           For the want of the right means – a job is left undone.

  1. Who Will Move the Stone
    1. On Sunday morning, three ladies set out for the tomb.
    1. Jesus’ body had been taken down and hurriedly placed in a tomb – the job of preparation left undone.
    1. Joseph of Arimithea was the principle actor here.
    1. The religious elite encourage Pilate to seal the tomb.
    1. Mary Magdalene, Mary, mother of James and Salome.
    1. Oh, oh . . .who will move the stone?
    1. Mark 16: 1-3
  2. The Alarm
    1. The stone had been moved.
    1. Matthew says there was a violent earthquake.
    1. An angel [for Mark – a young man] was there.
    1. The guards fell dead away.
    1. The three ladies were alarmed.
    1. Mark 16: 4,5
  3. He is Not Here
    1. The angel drew attention to the spot where Jesus had been placed.
    1. Go tell the disciples . . .and Peter.
    1. Mark 16: 6-8
  4. Take Away
    1. 1.      What is so important about the resurrection?
    1. The Stone
    1. Promise of Hope
    1. The angel told them to do something.

Mark 16 When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?”

Mark 16 And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back—it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed.

Mark 16 And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.” And they went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had seized them, and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

MatthewFor which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’?

Matthew 6 But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he then said to the paralytic—“Rise, pick up your bed and go home.”And he rose and went home. When the crowds saw it, they were afraid, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to men.

John 3: 16  16 “For God so loved the world,[i] that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 

 Isaiah 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray;
    we have turned—every one—to his own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
    the iniquity of us all.

Matthew 5: 48 – 48 You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Ephesians 2: 8,9  For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 

Romans 3: 20 – 20 For by works of the law no human being[c] will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.

Galatians 2: 16 –  16 yet we know that a person is not justified[b] by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.

Corinthians 5: 21 – 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

John 1: 12  12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

Posted by: Bay Presbyterian Church | April 3, 2020

Everybody Loves a Parade

“Everybody Loves a Parade”

Rev. William Spinks, Jr.

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Sermon Text: Matthew 21: 1-11

“Say to the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your king is coming to you,    humble, and mounted on a donkey,   on a colt,[a] the foal of a beast of burden.’”

21:1 Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will send them at once.” This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying,

The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them. Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” 10 And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, “Who is this?” 11 And the crowds said, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.”

Additional Scriptures

Matthew 21:10

10 And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, “Who is this?”

John 1: 10-11

10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.

Matthew 7:13-14

13 “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy[a] that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. 14 For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.

The works of the law save no one.  Good people need grace, too!

Matthew 5:20

20 For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

Mark 2:17

17 And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”

Matthew 6:1

“Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.

Matthew 23:25

25 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and the plate, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence.

Matthew 23:27-28

27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and all uncleanness. 28 So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

Good people need grace, too!

Revelation 3:17

17 For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.

Close is not good enough.

John 6: 66-69

66 After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. 67 So Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” 68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life,69 and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.”

Rock of Ages verse three

Revelation 3:20

20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.

Matthew 11:28

28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Posted by: Bay Presbyterian Church | March 29, 2020

The Church Militant

Acts 13: 42-52

Rev. John Anderson

Bay Presbyterian Church

March 29, 2020

Introduction:            The Church’s One Foundation

  • Samuel Stone
  • Samuel Wesley
  • Two viruses during Stone’s years
    • Origin of the Species
    • Higher criticism
  • What is the Church
    • Jesus – the first to use the world Church
    • Eklesia – to call out
    • While alienated, God came and got us 
    • Somebody had to pay the debt.
      • I couldn’t and I can’t
      • But Christ did
    • Not specifically used in this passage
    • God doesn’t have to give us anything – just demand obeisance
    • God graciously gives us – oh so much more than Christ!       
  • A Hungry Church
    • Antioch Pisidia
    • The church worships and fasts
    • Synagogue
  • A Church in Transition
    • Paul and Barnabus had the whole city come out to hear them.
    • Christianity was transitioning from an ethnocentric religion to its own entity.
  • A Reproducing Church
    • In spite of the head winds created by the opposition, the church continued to spread.
    • No one thwarts God’s purposes.
  • Take Away
    • The church is a gathered people and not a building.
    • The church should expect push back.
    • Our task as the church is to worship, fast and pray, spread the word.

Posted by: Bay Presbyterian Church | March 20, 2020

Sermon: Be Still and Know

Great is Thy Faithfulness

“Great is Thy faithfulness, ” O God my Father,
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not
As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.

Chorus

“Great is Thy faithfulness!” “Great is Thy faithfulness!”
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided—
“Great is Thy faithfulness, ” Lord, unto me!

Rev. William Spink, Jr. Sunday, March 22, 2020

Scriptures:

Genesis 3:15   15 I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” 

Genesis 17:7   7 And I will establish my covenant between me and you and your offspring after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you. 


Psalm 111:1, 4b, 5-9  1Praise the Lord!  I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation.  4b the Lord is gracious and merciful. 5 He provides food for those who fear him; he remembers his covenant forever.  9 He sent redemption to his people; he has commanded his covenant forever. Holy and awesome is his name!


Exodus 6:2-8  2 God spoke to Moses and said to him, “I am the Lord. 3 I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty, but by my name the Lord I did not make myself known to them. 4 I also established my covenant with them to give them the land of Canaan, the land in which they lived as sojourners. 5 Moreover, I have heard the groaning of the people of Israel whom the Egyptians hold as slaves, and I have remembered my covenant. 6 Say therefore to the people of Israel, ‘I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will deliver you from slavery to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great acts of judgment. 7 I will take you to be my people, and I will be your God, and you shall know that I am the Lord your God, who has brought you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians. 8 I will bring you into the land that I swore to give to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. I will give it to you for a possession. I am the Lord.’”


Deuteronomy 7:6-9  6 “For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. 7 It was not because you were more in number than any other people that the Lord set his love on you and chose you, for you were the fewest of all peoples, 8 but it is because the Lord loves you and is keeping the oath that he swore to your fathers, that the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.9 Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations,

Joshua 1:9  9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”


Psalm 23  1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.  2 He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.  3 He restores my soul.  He leads me in paths of righteousness for  for his name’s sake.  4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for
you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.  5 You prepare a table before me in the
presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Psalm 46:1-2, 7, 10-11  1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.  2 Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, 7 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah 10 “Be still, and know that I am God.  I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”  11 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah

Isaiah 40:25-31    25 To whom then will you compare me, that I should be like him? says the Holy One.  26 Lift up your eyes on high and see: who created these? He who brings out their host by number, calling them all by name; by the greatness of his might and because he is strong in power, not one is missing.  27 Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel, “My way is hidden from the Lord,
and my right is disregarded by my God”?  28 Have you not known? Have you not hear? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.  He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.  29 He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.  30 Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted;
31 but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

Isaiah 41:10, 13  10 fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. 13 For I, the Lord your God,
hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.”

Isaiah 43:1-3a, 4  1  But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. 2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. 3 For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. 4 Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you, I give men in return for you, peoples in exchange for your life.


Jeremiah 29:10-14  10 “For thus says the Lord: When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will visit you, and I will fulfill to you my promise and bring you back to this place. 11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare[a] and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. 12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. 13 You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you, declares the Lord, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, declares the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile.

Habakkuk 1: 2-4, 12   2 O Lord, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not hear? Or cry to you “Violence!” and you will not save?  3 Why do you make me see iniquity, and why do you idly look at wrong?   Destruction and violence are before me; strife and contention arise. 4 So the law is paralyzed,

and justice never goes forth.  For the wicked surround the righteous; so justice goes forth perverted.

12 Are you not from everlasting, O Lord my God, my Holy One? We shall not die.  O Lord, you have ordained them as a judgment, and you, O Rock, have established them for reproof.

Malachi 1:11  11 For from the rising of the sun to its setting my name will be great among the nations, and in every place incense will be offered to my name, and a pure offering. For my name will be great among the nations, says the Lord of hosts.

Romans 8:19-23  19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God.20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. 23 And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.

Galatians 4:4-7   4 But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. 6 And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba!  Father!” 7 So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.

Isaiah 9:2, 6-7  2  The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone.  6 For you have rejected your people, the house of Jacob, because they are full of things from the east and of fortune-tellers like the Philistines, and they strike hands with the children of foreigners.  7 Their land is filled with silver and gold, and there is no end to their treasures; their land is filled with horses, and there is no end to their chariots.  

John 1:1-4, 14   1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life,[a] and the life was the light of men. 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son[a] from the Father, full of grace and truth.

John 10:11, 27-29  11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.

John 3:16  16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

John 14:1, 27  1 “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

John 16:33   33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

Matthew 6:25-33   25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Romans 5:1-5  1 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

Romans 8:15-18   15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.

Future Glory

18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.

Romans 8:28-39  28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good,[a] for those who are called according to his purpose. 29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.

30 And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.

God’s Everlasting Love

31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 2 Corinthians 4:16-5:1  16 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. 17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18 as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

Our Heavenly Dwelling

5:1  For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

1 Peter 1:3-9  3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5 who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, 9 obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

1 John 3:2   2 Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.

Revelation 21:3-4   3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

Acts 2:23-24, 36  23 this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. 24 God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it. 36 Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.”

Hebrews 1:1-3  1 Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. 3 He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,

Hebrews 11:1, 6  1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.    6 And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

Hebrews 12:1-2    1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Habakkuk 3:17-19    17 Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, 18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.  19 God, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer’s; he makes me tread on my high places.

Psalm 73:23-26, 28   23 Nevertheless, I am continually with you; you hold my right hand.  24 You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory.  25 Whom have I in heaven but you?  And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.  26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. 28 But for me it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord God my refuge, that I may tell of all your works.

Lamentations 3:21-26   21 But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: 22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end;  23 they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.  24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”  25 The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.  26 It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.

Posted by: Bay Presbyterian Church | March 18, 2020

The Bible and Retirement

A Biblical Rationale for Discussing Retirement

  • I. All of our time is important to God.
    • Ephesians 5: 16
    • Psalm 139: 16
    • Psalm 90: 12
  • II. God takes our work seriously.
    • Genesis 2 cultural mandate
    • Exodus 20 4th commandment
  • III. God calls us to be good stewards of our time, treasure, and talents.
    • Matthew 25
    • Colossians 3: 23
  • IV. Our lives are always to bring glory to God.
    • 1 Corinthians 10: 31
    • Matthew 5: 16
    • Psalm 34: 3
  • V. Idleness is condemned in the Old Testament and disciplined in the New Testament.
    • Proverbs 6
    • II Thessalonians 3: 6f
  • VI. The believer’s charge is to invest not indulge.
    • Galatians 5: 13
    • Philippians 3: 12-14
    • Hebrews 12: 1, 2
    • 1 Corinthians 15: 58
  • VII. Grace frees us from fear and equips us to be fruitful.
    • Matthew 6: 25f
    • John 15
    • Ephesians 2: 10

U-PICK RETIREMENT QUESTIONS

  1. What has been a significant surprise that you have experienced in retirement?
  2. What is something you fear(ed) as you approach(ed) retirement.
  3. What advice would you give someone nearing retirement?
  4. What has God taught you so far in your retirement season?
  5. Respond to the following: “Retirement is an opportunity to do all the things on our bucket list–as long as the money allows!”
  6. What is the hardest part of retirement?
  7. People often find their identity in their careers.  What challenge does that create as retirement becomes a reality?
  8. When you “retired,” how many more years did you expect to live?
  9. What are some of the difficulties often experienced in the retirement years? (medical, financial, housing, loss of loved ones, immobility, loneliness, downsizing, etc.)
  10. What difference does the gospel make to the retired?
  11. Can the retired still be useful to God? How so?
Posted by: Bay Presbyterian Church | June 25, 2018

Mere Christianity Book Study Schedule

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  Mere Christianity
Session 6:30 This week, we will study: Come this day having read:
Wed
1 16-May Our Sense of Right and Wrong Book 1, Chapters 1, 2, 3
2 30-May What is Behind our Sense of Right and Wrong Book 1, Chapters 4, 5
3 13-Jun The Rival Conceptions of God Book 2, Chapters 1, 2
4 20-Jun Free Will and the Shocking Alternative Book 2, Chapters 3, 4, 5
5 11-Jul Christian Behavior and the Great Sin of Pride Book 3, Chapters 1- 4,8
6 18-Jul The Christian Virtue of Hope Book 3, Chapters 10, 11, 12
7 1-Aug God in Three Persons Book 4, Chapters 1-7
8 15-Aug Counting the Cost Book 4, Chapters 8-11
Posted by: Bay Presbyterian Church | May 17, 2018

Relevance

Passion, Cross, Good Friday

And to the issue—relevance—I will conclude with a quote:

“After all, who would put up with all life’s humiliations—the abuse from superiors, the insults of arrogant men, the pangs of unrequited love, the inefficiency of the legal system, the rudeness of people in office, and the mistreatment good people have to take from bad—when you could simply take out your knife and call it quits? Who would choose to grunt and sweat through an exhausting life, unless they were afraid of something dreadful after death, the undiscovered country from which no visitor returns, which we wonder about without getting any answers from and which makes us stick to the evils we know rather than rush off to seek the ones we don’t?

Fear of death makes us all cowards, and our natural boldness becomes weak with too much thinking.”

 

That quote, maybe you recognize it, –is from Hamlet. I updated the language but I think it is an accurate characterization of Shakespeare’s writing in 1599. When we think of resurrection—when we think of the disposition of our immortal soul. When we think about eternity…it was relevant in 30 A.D. and in 1599 and in 2018.

Pastor John Anderson

Bay Presbyterian Church

Posted by: Bay Presbyterian Church | April 18, 2018

Bootstrap Christianity

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BOOTSTRAP CHRISTIANITY

There are times, when we tell ourselves, or perhaps we’ve heard it from some pulpit, “that we need to work harder for the Lord; that we need to be more faithful, more holy; more generous in our giving, more loving and on and on.

Often, our response to these demands is to “try harder, to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps, to do better”.  We grit our emotional teeth and flex our spiritual muscles and make new resolutions of undying faithfulness.

But how do we accomplish what we’ve been unwilling or unable to accomplish in the past?  Guilt works to a point, but guilt is a poor long-term motivator; we soon tire or become bitter when guilt is the key motivator.

It is of key importance that Paul “urges” the “believer” – “IN VIEW OF GOD’S ‘MERCIES’, to offer their bodies as living sacrifices.  It is so important to notice that Paul does not demand unqualified obedience, but that the believer would see their life through the lens of God’s mercies to us.  By the “mercies” of God we are forgiven of sin, not just past sins, but the entirety of our sin that damns us.  We are ‘declared’ – ‘forever perfect’ – by our faith in Christ’s work on the cross on our behalf. (Heb 10:14).  When God in His “mercy” sent His Son to die in our place, He ‘lavished’ His love on us who were fallen sinners, outcasts, under that penalty of death.  ‘Now’, we are called “children of God”. (1 John 3:1) “We are accepted ‘in the Beloved” (Eph 1:6 KJV) For the believer, there has been a paradigm shift; whereas before he/she was under the wrath of God, “dead in sin” (Eph 2:1), now the believer is ‘accepted in the Beloved (in Christ).  Charles Spurgeon elaborates on this passage to say that the believer is not only ‘accepted in the Beloved’, but that God ‘delights’ in the born-again believer, who is now a “new creation in Christ Jesus”. (2 Cor 5:17)

In my own war with sin, it has become increasingly important to me to realize that “I have been ‘bought’ with (at an extravagant) price”, and that I am now to honor God with my body” (1 Cor 6:20)

I now am motivated to live for Christ, not so much out of guilt, but out of love, out of gratitude to my Savior, and not just poor boot-strap duty.

Jim Diller

Bible Teacher

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